Authorship Adoption Fail – Detailed Stats

One reason why Google Authorship failed: lack of adoption

  On August 28, 2014, Google's John Mueller announced the end of the Authorship markup program (also known as rel=author markup). In today's post I will: Show you data on how authorship data was used (or not) by 150 top media sites Outline why we think this contributed to Google's reasons for canceling the rel=author … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Website Traffic Drops

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Introducing Episode 1 of our new video series: Hardcore SEO! In this episode Stone Temple Consulting Senior Marketing Consultant Brian Weiss shares how to evaluate a sudden traffic loss on your website. The Hardcore SEO series will bring you insights like this from Stone Temple's team of seasoned SEO veterans. To make sure you never … [Read more...]

How Does Google Index Tweets?

How Many Tweets Does Google Have Indexed?

In this study we explored the way that Google indexes tweets. The reason we embarked on this was to determine the likelihood that Google might use signals from Twitter for ranking purposes, but we found lots of other interesting information in the process. Spoiler alert: Google does not index a particularly significant percentage … [Read more...]

5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings with Duane Forrester of Bing

5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings with Bing's Duane Forrester

Bing's Senior Product Manager for Webmaster Outreach Duane Forrester sat down with Stone Temple Consulting CEO Eric Enge to share the order of priorities he recommends to webmasters wanting to improve their search rankings.   Eric Enge: When a publisher comes to you and says, "What should I do to improve my SEO in rank well … [Read more...]

Quo Vadis Author Rank? The Present and Future of Author Authority in Search

You keep saying AuthorRank but I do not think you know what it means

UPDATED 20 May 2014: See the "Matt Cutts: Author Rank Comes Into Play" section below for a new statement from a Google representative. *   *   *   *   * Danny Sullivan: You say you are not using anything like an AuthorRank now. Why not use "AuthorRank" in the future? Would it not add value? Amit Singhal: Possibly it could. … [Read more...]

Google’s Matt Cutts: Understanding Social Identity on the Web is Hard

We will use no ranking factor before its time

How far along is Google from using social media identities as ranking factors? Can Google use engagement and follower metrics from Twitter and Facebook to evaluate the authority of an individual? To me these were the "buried headlines" in a Google Webmaster Help video by Matt Cutts released today. Here's the video. Scroll below … [Read more...]

The Great Google Authorship Kidnapping: What Happened to Your Author Photo in Search?

Why Did Author Images Disappear from Google Search for Some Authors?

UPDATE 28 July 2014: As of about a month ago, Google has removed all author photos from non-personalized search. Qualified content can still get an author byline in the search results. For more on this see my Moz article. ***Original Post*** In the middle of December 2013, Google Authorship mysteriously disappeared for some authors … [Read more...]